Windies up against it in Trinidad
A five-wicket haul from Kemar Roach helped the West Indies to dismiss Australia for 311, but the visitors hit back to leave the hosts in trouble at 49 for three at the Queen's Park Oval.
A five-wicket haul from Kemar Roach helped the West Indies to dismiss Australia for 311, but the visitors hit back to leave the hosts in trouble at 49 for three at stumps on day two of the second Test at the Queen's Park Oval.
The hosts lost their top three of Kraigg Brathwaite, Adrian Barath and Kieron Powell – all trapped lbw – late in the afternoon as Australia took charge of the Test.
Michael Clarke opted to open the bowling with spinner Michael Beer and it paid off as the Windies lost Brathwaite in the fourth over. However, it wasn't Beer who got the initial breakthrough, but pacer Hilfenhaus. The swing bowler got one to straighten to the right-hander and trapped him in front. Brathwaite referred it upstairs, but the original decision stood.
Barath and Powell followed in the space of a few overs as they were out to spinners Beer and Nathan Lyon respectively.
Darren Bravo, 16 not out, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, unbeaten on one, were the men at the crease when stumps were called.
Australia will no doubt be the happier team heading into day three. Starting the day on 208 for five following a half-century from Shane Watson and 45 from captain Michael Clarke on Sunday, they lost Matthew Wade after only eight balls but Michael Hussey and James Pattinson dug in.
Wicketkeeper Wade became fast bowler Roach's third victim when he edged one that moved slightly away from him to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.
Hussey's 28th Test half-ton and an 89-run seventh-wicket partnership with Pattinson helped the visitors to edge closer to the 300-run mark.
Pattinson took a couple of balls on the shoulder and played and missed a few, but the calming influence of Hussey at the other end helped him to settle.
Veteran Hussey had a life when he was on 47 after Baugh missed a stumping chance. He advanced down the pitch to spinner Shane Shillingford, but the wicketkeeper missed the bouncing ball. The left-hander duly went on to reach another half-century.
Bad weather came in and the players were forced off the field for nearly 100 minutes. When play finally resumed, Hussey and Pattinson continued to frustrate the Windies for another 18 overs.
Hussey finally lost patience when he was on 73 as he went after a wide one from Narsingh Deonarine and ended up hitting it straight to cover.
The fall of his wicket had a domino effect as Pattinson got a top edge to Shillingford the next over and was caught at silly point for 32. Roach then wrapped up the innings when he bowled Hilfenhaus and trapped Beer lbw in the space of three balls.
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